I don't know if I could pick a favorite movie, but if I had to , it would probably be Brotherhood of the Wolf (2002). Although technically not strictly a horror film (it's a hybrid period-piece/action/horrror film, I guess), it has many tense moments and nasty kill scenes.
In France before the revolution, a beast, assumed to be a wolf, is terrorizing the countryside in the providence of Gevoudan. A botanist/adventurer , Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan) and his American Indian blood-brother Mani (Mark Dacascos) are sent to see what's going on. As per usual, there's a lot more going on than meets the eye. A mystery is here to be solved, and there's many fight scenes, beast attacks, and the occasional nude scene until all is revealed(gotta love European films).
Everything about this film is so well done. the acting, The fight coreography, the special effects, the cinematography, the story...it's definately several cuts above your average picture. I can also say that another reason I like this film can be summed up in two words: Monica Bellucci. This woman is gorgeous beyond all resoning....but I digress.
I had the chance to see this film when it hit the theaters in limited release a few years back. I'm glad I got to see it on the big screen, although I've since played it on the small screen at home many, many times.
Brotherhood of the Wolf is proof that there's filmmakers out there who don't follow formulas and can come up with something different, artistic, and ultimately entertaining. This Beast says go check out the beast in Brotherhood of the Wolf.
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Eeveryone take care, and I'll be back soon with another fright film to check out!